Retefe Banking Trojan Removal (April 2019 Update)

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This page aims to help you remove Retefe. Our removal instructions work for every version of Windows.

Trojan horses are extremely popular computer threats. Not only are they famous far and wide on the web, but they can also be very malicious. One representative of this dreadful malware category has recently been reported to our team and its name is Retefe. For all the users who want to learn how to protect their PC from it, or have already been infected and need to remove it, there is a detailed guide below with step-by-step instructions. We have also provided you with some basic information on protection and prevention so you can be prepared to avoid this malware in case you come across a potential malicious transmitter. 

Why is Retefe so bad for your PC?

A long list of reasons can be given to you about the malicious effects of a Trojan horse like Retefe on your computer. This type of malware is one of the favorites when it comes to different forms of online fraud and theft and criminal hackers don’t miss an opportunity to use it for a wide range of criminal purposes. As per some recent statistics, more than 75% of all online infections are usually caused by Trojans and as a typical representative of this malware group, the chance of catching Retefe somewhere on the web is the same. This threat is incredibly stealthy when it comes to its infection methods, but even more dreadful are its destructive abilities.

Basically, in order to infect you and get inside your computer, Trojans may camouflage as some sort of intriguing or harmless-looking content. In most of the cases, it comes in the form of an email message with an attachment or infected link that prompts you to click or open it. Sometimes, fake ads, social shares, torrents and some sketchy installers (especially those form non-reputed developers) may also be potential transmitters of the infection and may secretly deliver Retefe on your PC the moment you click on them. Unfortunately, the Trojan is a very sophisticated malware and it may even bypass your antivirus if it is not updated or exploit some system vulnerability (outdated software, or neglected OS security patches) without your consent. This way it may nest inside your system without being noticed and may get down to its dirty business in absolute stealth. For this reason, we usually advise our readers to regularly run system scans with a reliable antivirus program, remove old programs or update their software and always keep an eye out for possible symptoms of malfunction, data issues or unusual system behavior.

Retefe Banking Trojan Removal



Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).



We get asked this a lot, so we are putting it here: Removing parasite manually may take hours and damage your system in the process. We recommend downloading SpyHunter to see if it can detect parasite files for you.

Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 


Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 


Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.


You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:



Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:


Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

  • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

hosts_opt (1)

If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.


To remove parasite on your own, you may have to meddle with system files and registries. If you were to do this, you need to be extremely careful, because you may damage your system.

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Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

If the guide didn’t help you, download the anti-virus program we recommended or ask us in the comments for guidance!

The typical malicious effects of an infection with a Trojan horse may be very diverse. Some victims may experience severe system corruption, data destruction, deletion of files, software or registry keys. Others may experience frequent crashes, sluggishness, unresponsiveness or unusual CPU and RAM usage, which could be signs that their computer has been turned into a bot, or the hackers are using its resources for their criminal purposes. In fact, the criminals, who control the malware can gain full unauthorized access to the entire machine, get their hands on all the data and software, found on it, steal sensitive information (such as passwords, bank account details, personal details, etc.) or login through your PC on various illegal web locations. It is not uncommon also for your system to catch some more viruses thanks to the backdoors and vulnerabilities that a threat like Retefe may create while operating inside the computer. Most of the security experts blame Trojans for the distribution of Ransomware – a very nasty form of online blackmail, which can take hostage of your device or your data and ask you to pay huge amounts of money in ransom to release it. These are just some of the possible uses of Trojans, but we believe that even without telling you more of them, you understand how important is to remove Retefe right away. In the next paragraph we will explain you exactly how to do that, so pay attention and strictly follow the instructions.

How to detect and remove Retefe in a safe and reliable manner?

Removing this Trojan from your computer is something you should not put off even a minute more. Retefe can be very harmful and for this reason, we highly recommend you use reliable methods of removal. In the guide below we have prepared manual steps, which can help you detect and delete the Trojan-related scripts, but you should carefully follow them and watch out not to delete something else. This type of malware is very tricky and can camouflage as almost anything, so pay attention and remove files only if you are sure they are the malicious ones. In case of a doubt, we suggest you use the professional removal tool which can scan your system and easily detect the infection. This way you can safely remove it without confusion and no risk of corrupting your system by mistake.


Name Retefe
Type Trojan
Danger Level  High (Trojans are often used as a backdoor for Ransomware)
Symptoms  Unsual system behaviour, malfunction, unresponsiveness, or no symptoms at all.
Distribution Method  Spam email messages, infected attachments, fake links, ads, torrents, icompromized installers, illegal web pages. 
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